Michael Bowsher QC speaks at the first Procurement Lawyers Association event

29 Jan 2009 | by Caroline Sweeney

Michael Bowsher QC presented his thoughts on the UK perspective on corruption at the inaugural Procurement Lawyers Association event held at Addleshaw Goddard’s last Friday. The Association was formed with the aim of bringing together expert practitioners to discuss the increasingly litigious issues affecting the procurement environment, to develop skills and to share best practice.. […]

Revenue and Customs Commissioners v Livewire Telecom Ltd Revenue and Customs Commissioners v Olympia Technology Ltd [2009] EWHC 15 (Ch)

28 Jan 2009 | by Caroline Sweeney

Lewison J, judgment 16 January 2009 These were the first two appeals from a full Tribunal hearing to the High Court in what is known as missing trader intra-community fraud (or MTIC) fraud. The judgment helpfully sets out the ingredients of the three principal kinds of carousel-type fraud: (1) acquisition fraud; (2) “straight” MTIC fraud […]

John Swift QC appointed member of the new Cooperation and Competition Panel

26 Jan 2009 | by Caroline Sweeney

It was announced today that John Swift QC has been appointed to the new Co-operation and Competition Panel, chaired by Lord Carter of Coles The Panel has been established to help ensure NHS-funded services deliver high quality care for patients and value for money for taxpayers. It will start its work later this week on […]

National Grid Appeal Against Ofgem at the Competition Appeal Tribunal

19 Jan 2009 | by Caroline Sweeney

On Thursday 15 January, the Competition Appeal Tribunal commenced its hearing of National Grid’s appeal against Ofgem’s finding that it had breached the Chapter II Prohibition under the Competition Act 1998 and Article 82 of the EC Treaty by abusing its dominant position in the domestic gas metering market. National Grid entered into agreements with […]

Monckton Chambers Welcomes Robert Palmer as a New Tenant

12 Jan 2009 | by Caroline Sweeney

Monckton Chambers is pleased to announce that Robert Palmer has accepted tenancy with immediate effect. Robert, previously of 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square, has a well established practice in general public law and human rights work, with an emphasis on issues of European Community law. He was appointed to the Attorney General’s B panel of Counsel […]

The Lawyer’s Hot 100 2009 lists Paul Harris

05 Jan 2009 | by Caroline Sweeney

Monckton Chambers is pleased to announce that Paul Harris has been listed as an outstanding litigator in The Lawyer’s Hot 100 2009 published today. With regard to Paul they say: “A rising star in the competition world, Harris has appeared in almost every abuse of dominance case in the past few years. In 2008 he […]

European Court of Human Rights orders Russia to release AIDS prisoner

22 Dec 2008 | by Monckton Chambers

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) held in a judgment issued today, 22nd December 2008, that the continued detention of Vasily Aleksanyan by the Russian authorities is ‘unacceptable’. STRASBOURG, 22nd December 2008: The ECHR, in a judgment issued this morning, ordered the release of Mr Vasily Aleksanyan, a 37 year old lawyer who has […]

The European Community Court of First Instance rules in favour of Ryanair in Charleroi State aid case

22 Dec 2008 | by Caroline Sweeney

Europe’s second highest court (the CFI) has today upheld Ryanair’s challenge to a European Commission Decision finding that Ryanair had benefited from unlawful State aid. The Commission had decided that the landing charges and ground handling fees agreed between Ryanair and Brussels Charleroi airport were too low, and amounted to a subsidy of Ryanair by […]

Solictors Regulation Authority find 2 solicitors guilty of misconduct

11 Dec 2008 | by Caroline Sweeney

On 11 December 2008, the Solicitors’ Disciplinary Tribunal found Mr Jim Beresford and Mr Douglas Smith guilty of 8 counts of professional misconduct brought by the Solicitors Regulation Authority arising out of the conduct of compensation claims for miners suffering from vibration white finger and vibration white finger and respiratory disease. In their defence to […]

CAT refuses Sky’s application to appeal

08 Dec 2008 | by Caroline Sweeney

The Competition Appeal Tribunal has refused the applications of Sky and Virgin for permission to appeal from its decisions of 29 September and 30 October. It is now open to Sky and Virgin to apply to the Court of Appeal for permission to appeal. The Secretary of State is represented by Rupert Anderson QC and Elisa […]


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